The Accused

by Colin Vearncombe

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1.
Sleeper 04:02
The sun’s in your eyes The cloud’s in your head Always alone with the bugs in your bed You’d better wake up soon You’d better wake up soon Sleeper, you could be more than you are ‘cause nothing is wrong Everything’s fine, around for ever on A circle line ‘til the monkeys are authors; There’s not enough time You’d better wake up soon
2.
Number One 04:36
I remember hearing you say: count on me A shadow sat down at my side I could not see You could talk the moon out of the sky And the birds out of the trees And still just be the one who leaves It’s been sixteen million, fourteen thousand seven hundred seconds Since I realised you’d only ever care for number one I can still remember how you’d justify Every single sentence to start with I And look here comes the moon out of the sky Here comes the birds out of the trees But I’m the one who’s saying leave It’s been sixteen million, fourteen thousand seven hundred seconds Since I realised you’d only ever care for number one
3.
Here we are and who’d have thought anyone could make us two madly in love But I’ve had the rush for you for years and years To deny what my daddy said I should I knew I didn’t want to ‘cause I can’t get enough of you You lift me up, you put me down As pretty as Yves Klein Blue So here I’ll stay until I achieve all the things I said I would gladly retrieve; The blood, sweat and tears I lost through years and years Number one stop, look at the brave boys fall I knew I didn’t want to ‘cause I can’t get enough of you I can’t get enough of you You light me up, you put me down As pretty as Yves Klein Blue As pretty as Yves Klein Blue
4.
Tell me have you seen her Did she look the same as before? The last time that I saw her I swore That I didn’t know that she was who she was But if I tried I could still see that look In her eyes; the one that went missing The way she was before And tell me how d’you find her Did she look like she was having fun? Smiling at a stranger is when she’s dangerous; Never ashamed of what she has done But if I try I can still see that look in Her eyes; the one that went missing The way she was before The clothes that she wore I loved the way she walked The jokes she liked to tell I loved the way she smiled And it was fun while it lasted It didn’t last long but I’m not bitter I just miss her the way she was before
5.
Ghosts 03:06
Heroes are falling Ghosts in crimson And screaming flashes Of thunder guns The birds are flying In sad formations Of missing persons And passing time No more reunions No more parade grounds In silent houses The heroes fall
6.
Look outside your window – the darkest sky you ever saw And here am I, and there you are, and that’s all When you need someone, really need someone When you need someone The night has no pity You dream of Waterloo As the lightning forks in two I see your eyes and they’re still the same The body blows absorbed in arcs of bitter pain Storm cloud Katharine Storm cloud Katharine It’s all mapped out in relief like a skin of plaque on teeth And so tense in here you can taste it; a power vacuum of sex If you need someone Not just anyone If you need someone – don’t search in the city Written longhand shaped in braille You can smell it so you want it, your holy grail And I see your eyes And they show no fear Though rocketman still loses through the never changing years I see your eyes And they’re still the same The body blows absorbed in arcs of bitter pain Storm cloud Katharine Storm cloud Katharine She says I’d rather walk away from you than hurt you with a word Or a smile or a gesture that you may have misheard And took as meaning something other than what I could do What I don’t have if I don’t have you! When you need someone don’t search in the city You hauled the devils back down onto multitrack And I see your eyes, they’re still the same The bodyblows absorbed in arcs of bitter pain Storm cloud Katharine Storm cloud Katharine I call her Storm cloud Katharine Storm cloud Katharine
7.
Lately we’ve been acting like strangers We never show our feelings Or say the things we mean It’s hard to admit But maybe it’s time to quit pretending cause we both know it’s better letting go there’s no point hanging on to what used to be why can’t we see it’s better letting go It’s crazy to sit here in silence Counting off the seconds The beating of our hearts When there’s no more to give There’s no easy way to live together We both know It’s better letting go It’s time to walk away And start again This makes no sense It’s better letting go No matter how we fake it This love has faded The feeling has gone It’s time to move on It’s no good looking back It hurts but we both know it baby It’s better letting go There’s no point hanging on To what used to be Why can’t we see It’s better letting go It’s better letting go It’s time to walk away And start again This makes no sense It’s better letting go
8.
St Cecilia 04:22
It’s when you wonder where you’re from It’s in her eyes and then it’s gone You search to find there is none; No way to light the pathway As you blindly stumble on Wasn’t I the one who swore to never try? To swim the river deep, to scale the mountain high? Until I’d learned to pray To St. Cecilia Breathes like a sigh and then it’s gone Flickers like the light that shone Down from the humid sky So you and I swam I’ll take you there, our places shared And then I’ll learn to pray to St. Cecilia I’ll never find a way to understand If I do what you do Wasn’t I the one who swore never to try? To swim the river deep, to scale the mountain high? Until I’d learned to pray To St. Cecilia
9.
Blue Sky 03:33
You play to win No looking backwards Just throw the switch and step back Looking like you’re innocent Do I have to let you know That the game begins with you When I know that somewhere, there is a blue sky for us? On the outside form the outside looking in You know where it ends but not how to begin It’s like you’re in a dream Do I have to let you know That the game began with you cause I know that somewhere, there is a blue sky for us? We’re coming through We fill the airwaves Just throw the switch and step back Grinning like you’re in a dream Do I have to let you know that the game Begins with you And I know That somewhere There is a blue sky For us?
10.
Surrender 04:51
It seems I float from room to room Each door unopened The smell of sweet perfume Inhale and take a sip and then another Can I surrender? I will, I will just surrender I don’t dress anymore But bathe at dawn And in the twilight Days pass across me with the touch Of raw silk Can I surrender? I will, I will just surrender And when the full moon comes I’ll watch the foxes play Among their shadows And then turn to face the grinning women Spilling from the darkened corners of the room The fire splutters and fades to embers Of snapping orange I will, I will just surrender

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released September 1, 1999

Produced by Colin Vearncombe and Martin Green
Mixed by Rafe McKenna
Mastered by Robin Millar assisted by Mark Smith

Photography & design by Graham Wood at Tomato

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Black

Colin Vearncombe, otherwise known as Black, was born in Liverpool on 26 May 1962.

He had three top- ten records across Europe and sold over two million albums before leaving the mainstream and going independent. He released a string of albums as Black and under his own name on his own label; Nero Schwarz.

He died in a motor accident in January 2016. His legacy lives on in the Love, Colin project.
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